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A 36-year-old member asked:

How does babys doctor test for tonsillitis?

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Dr. David Mann
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Tonsillitis: The first thing is a physical exam. The doctor can determine tonsillitis by one's symptoms and the physical exam. Next, a swab of the tonsil is often done to determine if the infection is due to strep. Or not. If infection is strep, then treatment with antibiotics is needed. If strep is not present then the doctor may not prescribe an antibiotic.
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Dr. Nadia Ghattas
undefined 49 years experience
Same idea
Jun 24, 2015
Dr. Nadia Ghattas
49 years experience
Strep test: After the pediatrician checks the baby, if the throat or tonsils are inflamed, a throat swab is taken & a quick strep test is done, result shows in 5 minutes, if positive the Dr will prescribe antibiotics. Make sure to give as prescribed & finish the course . If strep throat infection is not treated, it can cause serious complications such as Rheumatic fever & acute glomerulonephrtis & more.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

When you go to the doctor and get a strep test does it test for tonsillitis?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
No: The strep test only lets the doc know if you have the bacteria present. You can have strep without having tonsillitis.
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